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NBA GPP Recap: Make That Green

NBA GPP Recap: Make That Green
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NBA GPP Recap: Make That Green

Basketball class is over for me, so now I have to play basketball vicariously through much taller, faster, more athletic guys in the NBA. I’m not really that mad about it though, because those guys are really good. Take a look at who unleashed their inner-me last night:




DK Points

FD Points

PG Ricky Rubio 10Reb,12Ast,8Stl,9Pts,1TO 57 54
SG Klay Thompson 43Pts, 3Reb,2Ast,1Stl,1TO 55.25 50.6
SF Carmelo Anthony 20Pts, 15Reb,9Ast, 1Blk,1Stl,4TO 56.25 51.5
PF Draymond Green 11Reb, 10Ast, 16Pts, 5Stl,1Blk, 2TO 61.25 54.2
C Marcin Gortat 20Pts, 10Reb, 2Ast, 3Blk, 1Stl, 1TO 44.5 42

Note: If a player is listed above, this does not mean he was the top scoring player at his position. Also, player positioning may change in the future as positional eligibility varies from FanDuel and DraftKings.


$100K Baller, $1,065 Entry, $20,000 to First Place
Winner: cheddabisque
Team: Jarrett Jack, Jeff Teague, Kent Bazemore, Klay Thompson, Carmelo Anthony, Gordon Hayward, Cody Zeller, Derrick Favors, Andre Drummond
Score: 330.40

$125K Monster, $300 Entry, $20,000 to First Place
Winner: cheddabisque
Team: Jarrett Jack, Jeff Teague, Kent Bazemore, Klay Thompson, Carmelo Anthony, Gordon Hayward, Cody Zeller, Derrick Favors, Andre Drummond
Score: 330.40

$350K Super Slam, $25 Entry, $40,000 to First Place
Winner: gbstrohm
Team: Ricky Rubio, Michael Carter-Williams, Klay Thompson, Zach LaVine, Jeff Green, Kawhi Leonard, LaMarcus Aldridge, Draymond Green, Marcin Gortat
Score: 341.40


$50K All-Star, $1,060 Entry, $15,000 to First Place
Winner: MrTuttle05
Team: Chris Paul, Dwayne Wade, Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Favors, Gorgui Dieng, Rodney Hood, John Henson, Al Horford
Score: 282.75

$1.25M High Flyer, $300 Entry, $250,000 to First Place
Winner: wining247
Team: Jarrett Jack, Klay Thompson, Carmelo Anthony, LaMarcus Aldridge, Lavoy Allen, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Draymond Green, Monta Ellis
Score: 335.25

$230K Shootaround, $20 Entry, $25,000 to First Place
Winner: rurubudu
Team: Ricky Rubio, Klay Thompson, Kent Bazemore, Draymond Green, Steven Adams, Chris Paul, Ryan Anderson, Jrue Holiday
Score: 338.75

“Medium” Priced Paradise

Each week I’ve been identifying a certain range of salaries that have been exploited on FanDuel in GPPs and have led to top leaderboard finishes. This week, it paid to pile up with players in between the $6,000-$7,000 price range. Most weeks, it’s one or two players that really stand out and make their mark on the leaderboard, this week though, take a look at all of the notable players and their ownerships.



FD Points

Slam Own %

Jeff Teague $6,100 34.6 8.9%
Ricky Rubio $6,800 54 2.4%
Klay Thompson $6,400 50.6 31.5%
Marcin Gortat $6,200 42 2.2%
Jarrett Jack $6,100 41.4 7.5%

Klay seemed to have been the lone option in this price range that truly stuck out to the masses, and it makes sense given the scarcity at his position. The others though, carried less than 10% ownership level each and were important cogs in constructing the top lineups last night. Pairing these players with any of the others from the top-performers table was a recipe for success.

Unsuspected Duds?!

Usually in this spot each week, I like to point out a player that slipped through the cracks and dominated the leaderboards. Last night though, it wasn’t an unsuspected hero that truly made the difference, instead, it was the avoidance of major duds that made the difference. On a night with just about every stud on the board – the importance wasn’t picking the right one, but instead, avoiding them all together.


FD Points

DK Points

Russell Westbrook 29.1 30.75
Stephen Curry 36.9 39.5
Damian Lillard 31 34.3
Blake Griffin 34.1 34.5

These aren’t astounding dud performances from some of the top players in the game, but the apparent lack of value on a night with so much from the middle tier was enough to keep lineups with them off the top of the leaderboard. The lineup construction strategy best suited for last night centered around a balanced approach, the superstars did no one any favors.


I’ve reserved this section the past few weeks for John Wall‘s astounding performances but I’m thinking that in the future I should just rename it for Draymond Green. Steph Curry gets the majority of the love for the Warriors, but Dray is INSANE. The guy is capable of producing triple-doubles out of thin air and thanks to his peripheral statistics might have the safest floor of any player not named Steph Curry. Last night, the Warriors dominated the Phoenix Suns and Draymond played below his average minute total this season but still managed to record a triple-double.

His salary has skyrocketed in recent weeks, and rightfully so, but the drastic change in price seems to have kept players at bay. Below I’ve included Dray’s ownership percentages in both the FanDuel Slam and the DraftKings Crossover – his point total data is listed above in the top-performers table, where he seems to find himself nightly.


FD Slam Own %

DK Crossover Own %

Draymond Green 19.1% 14.8%

Green makes for the perfect tournament play. He carries immense upside, but there are a lot of mouths to feed on the Warriors, perhaps adding more risk than some are willing to carry. Until his salary reaches the absurd levels, take advantage now.


I’ve continued to take a look at the utility usage on DraftKings in tournaments. Tracking this should give you some insight as to what you should be doing with your utility spot in tournaments, as this usage comes from the top 20 lineups that are finishing in the $20 Shootaround on DraftKings.

On weeks like this where the data is so spread out, I begin to wonder the rationale of the utility spot. Are players using the utility spot to give them leverage in game theory? Or are players just blindly throwing players in regardless, only worrying about expected values? This week points to the latter as lineups strayed away from usage of positions with great depth, instead focusing on positional values. As for the yearly totals, it’s been clear, players have been attacking value at center and point guard. I’m eager to see if that trend continues.

Congrats to the winners!

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